Arkansas Blue Star
2011 Perennial of the Year!
Every season brings a new color show with this delightfully easy, hard-working native plant. In late spring and early summer, masses of tiny, sky-blue blooms add cool tones to the sunny garden. In summer, the finely-cut, feathery dark green foliage forms a rich backdrop for your showy annuals and perennials. And in fall, the leaves turn a blazing golden-yellow that rivals Japanese Maples for intensity and beauty!
Arkansas Blue Star Flower is a modest little plant, just 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, with a bushy, unfussy habit that gives little hint of the riches it has in store for you. A good neighbor in the border or bed (it is not invasive, but can hold its own with competing roots), it is especially attractive planted among ornamental grasses and in front of fragrant shrubs such as Clethra 'Ruby Spice,' which not only shares its sweet scent with Amsonia but also participate in the fall foliage show!
Content in any well-drained soil receiving full sun to light shade, Arkansas Blue Star Flower tolerates dry soil and drought once established. It is generally unpalatable to deer, but butterflies and bees simply cannot get enough. Soft to the touch, billowy and beautiful, is an all-season investment in the landscape. Plant several -- spacing them about 3 feet apart -- for a glorious ribbon of fall color! Zones 5-9.
|Zone||5 - 9|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|Additional Characteristics||Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Free Bloomer, Native|
|Bloom Color||Light Blue|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green, Mix, Yellow|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|